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MoosMa Wed 20-Jun-07 10:07:16

Is it just my warped memory, or didn't the wolf used to eat Grandma? I thought the wolf ate her then dressed up as her, then LRRH's dad was a woodcutter so cut the wolf open and got Grandma out? These days all the books say Grandma hides.

Also I notice that the wolf now runs away after falling in the 3 little pigs' pot of water . Did I just have a really nasty fairy tale book?

FromGirders Wed 20-Jun-07 10:09:45

Nope you remember correctly. They've all just been dumbed down - I blame the Victorians and Disney.
The bit thah really annoys me is that Red used to be warned not to "stray from the path - don't speak to anyone or go into the woods to pick flowers". Then because she disobeyed her mum's warning she got hassled by a wolf. Now the wolf is just waiting to get her. Symptomatic of our society, huh?

dmo Wed 20-Jun-07 10:19:18

in the little mermaid the mermaid dies
its just disney that made it a happy ending

francagoestohollywood Wed 20-Jun-07 10:32:57

You remember right. I'm a bit against political correctness applied to fairy tales. Fairy tales can be scary and at the same time empowering for the children.

MoosMa Wed 20-Jun-07 13:22:11

I think it ruins the stories and I certainly wasn't emotionally scarred by the scary bits. I'm quite against political correctness in general as it's got a bit silly now. Might have to dig out the old Grimms book at my parents' house...

Lolly68 Wed 20-Jun-07 14:14:39

No you are correct. Grandma does get eaten. I think the old fashioned fairy tales are quite scary but thought nothing off them when I was a child.

suzywong Wed 20-Jun-07 14:18:46

yes, fairy tales were moral warnings not happy endings

my personal favourite was Grimms' The Juniper Tree where the wicked stepmother lures step son to lean over and peer in a heavy lidded oak chest then slams it shut and breaks his neck. <time to take my medication I think>

donnie Wed 20-Jun-07 14:20:21

people just can't take punishment and abuse like they used to. Bloody woolly lefty wusses the lot of them.

The Struwelpeter - now there's a nice boy.

oliveoil Wed 20-Jun-07 14:20:41

what about Hansel and Gretal then?

nasty stepmum wants them left in forest
witch wants to fatten one up to eat
witch ends up burnt in oven

"now girls, story has finished, go to sleep"

<both pale and ready for nightmares>

donnie Wed 20-Jun-07 14:24:59

yeah, and all those sweets and cakes.....what would Gillian McKeith say....

suzywong Wed 20-Jun-07 14:25:29

"Then the mother took the little boy and chopped him in pieces, put him into the pot, and cooked him into stew. But Marlene stood by crying and crying, and all her tears fell into the pot, and they did not need any salt"

none of this all the inanimate objects on the table sprout faces and mob caps and sing a jolly song ... they used to COOK THEM INTO STEW!!!!!!!!!

oliveoil Wed 20-Jun-07 14:28:03


and the sleeping princess that pricks her finger

"but the 13th fairy wasn't invited so she cast a spell and said YOU WILL DIE"

"why will she die mummy? why? that is not nice is it? <frets> why mummy?"

etc etc

donnie Wed 20-Jun-07 14:28:15

well of course people were tougher in those days they would add some tarragon and creme fraiche to the stew and whizz it through the mouli.

suzywong Wed 20-Jun-07 14:31:22


MoosMa Wed 20-Jun-07 15:18:50

What scares me more is that nowadays the wolf only runs away never to be seen again, at least in the originals you knew the wolf/witch/other nasty was dead at the end so couldn't bother you again.

Suzywong, what story is that from? I had recurring nightmares for a while when I was little about being chopped up and boiled in a stew, I wonder if I'd read that story

suzywong Wed 20-Jun-07 15:23:15

this one. Read it with the lights on

MoosMa Wed 20-Jun-07 19:38:53


How strange, it's really horrid but has a happy ending ]

I won't be reading it to my children though...

francagoestohollywood Thu 21-Jun-07 13:34:02

I've always loved fairy tales. Obviously I wouldn't read hansel and Gretel to a 3 yrs old! It's not the witch who gets burnt in the oven, the important thing is that the children came out with a trick to save themselves, and are 'cleverer' than the adult.
I went through a stage of thinking a lot about death, poverty, and fate as a child, fairy tales can be very good to reflect and exorcize a child's fears, I believe

francagoestohollywood Thu 21-Jun-07 13:39:12

It's beautiful suzywong!

Iklboo Thu 21-Jun-07 13:43:02

Saw a version of humpty dumpty where all the kings horses and all the kings men

"Helped put humpty together again"

francagoestohollywood Thu 21-Jun-07 13:45:12

this used to be my favourite (it's andersen)

suzywong Thu 21-Jun-07 13:46:35

oooo is that the one where she FREEZES TO DEATH IN A DOORWAY!!!!! I used to like that one and all.

That is a frightful abomination, everyone knows H Dumpty bit the dust.

Iklboo Thu 21-Jun-07 13:47:41

Humpty is supposed to be based on Richard III losing the War of the Roses. I mean, are they rewriting history too?

TheArmadillo Thu 21-Jun-07 13:57:38

fairy tales change all the time - like any folk story. They are changing to reflect modern tensions.

There is no one definitive version of any tale. Brothers Grim and other writers often wrote down their version of a folk story.

Am reading an interesting book at the moment with different versions of fairy tales in - it has LRRH in it (about 6 versions I think). In some of the oldest ones, she is older than in the stories now and sleeps with the wolf (its about her sexuality more than obeying her mother's instructions).

suzywong Thu 21-Jun-07 13:58:35

She F*cks the wolf!!!

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